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COC women's basketball: Off to the races

COC cruises past L.A. Valley

Posted: January 15, 2011 10:43 p.m.
Updated: January 16, 2011 4:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons’ Dominique Turner (23) and Jazzmyn Davis (32) take the ball in transition on Saturday against Los Angeles Valley College at COC. The Cougars won 70-53.

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The pollsters have paid plenty of attention to College of Canyons women's basketball.

Now, COC is showing why.

In perhaps its toughest matchup yet in Western State Conference play, the state's No. 12-ranked Cougars dominated Los Angeles Valley College in a 70-53 victory Saturday night at COC.

With the win, COC joined Citrus College as the only remaining unbeaten team in the South Division of the conference.

"We knew this was a big game, so we wanted to come out with a lot of intensity," said COC forward Jazzmyn Davis, who poured in a game-high 17 points and 14 rebounds.

The Cougars (14-6, 3-0) never trailed in the game, opening on a 16-4 run in the first 10 minutes.

Defensively, L.A. Valley was never allowed to get into a rhythm, with COC's hybrid defense forcing two shot-clock violations in the Monarchs' first four possessions.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by point guard Kelli Lewis and teammate Stella Carlson gave the Cougars a 23-8 advantage a few minutes later, which carried over to a 34-21 halftime score.

"A few of the assistant coaches were telling me all the things we gave up in the first half and I said, ‘we only gave up 21 points,'" said Cougars head coach Greg Herrick. "I said, ‘What, did you want to shut them out?'"
Despite getting into foul trouble early in the second half, COC's defense never faltered.

The Monarchs (11-10, 2-2) got into the 1-and-1 bonus with 14:07 remaining.

"Our depth kind of helped us out there," Herrick said. "We have some good players that were able to come off the bench and help us out."

Dominique Turner scored 12 points and had nine assists for COC, which limited L.A. Valley to 29.3 percent shooting.

Porcha Davis led the Monarchs with 15 points.

Despite the ranking though, Jazzmyn Davis feels the Cougars are still trying to earn respect.

"I think if we're consistent and we play the way we know we can play, we'll be in good shape," she said.



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